Tag: facial recognition

Major Australian Retail Chains Found Using Facial Recognition on Customers

Three major Australian retailers, Kmart, Bunnings, and The Good Guys, have been found using facial recognition technology on their customers. Consumer group Choice asked 25 leading retailers in Australia whether they were capturing the biometric information of their customers and found the three national brands—who run hundreds of stores across the country—were doing so. Edward…


Major British Cinemas Announce Child Digital ID Push for Age Verification

Ninety percent of UK cinema operators are to moving to accept digital IDs for kids aged from 13 as proof of age to prevent them from seeing films that are too old for them. The UK Cinema Association representing over 90 percent of UK cinema operators including Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase Cinemas, and Vue has announced…


Clearview AI Fined £7.5 Million by British Data Protection Watchdog for Illegally Storing Images

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has handed a large fine to the facial recognition company Clearview AI for using images of UK people scraped from the web and social media to create a gigantic search engine for faces. The ICO fined the facial recognition company £7.5 million ($9.4 million), calling its methods to grow its…


Feds Seek Dismissal of Planned Class Action Against RCMP Over Facial Recognition Tool

The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss a Quebec photographer’s bid for certification of a class-action lawsuit, possibly involving millions of people, over the RCMP’s use of a controversial facial-recognition tool. In a submission to the Federal Court, government lawyers say Ha Vi Doan cannot allege that she suffered “harm of any kind”…


New Legal Restrictions Needed on Police Use of Facial Recognition: Privacy Watchdogs

Canada’s privacy commissioners say it should be illegal for police to use facial recognition technology to monitor people involved in peaceful protest. In a joint statement today, federal, provincial and territorial privacy watchdogs also call for a prohibition on any police deployment of the tool that could result in mass surveillance. They say facial recognition…


New Police Policy Could Allow Innocent People to Be Put on Facial Recognition Watchlists

Civil liberties groups have criticised new UK police guidance that could place innocent people on facial recognition systems watchlists. The College of Policing published a guide for officers in England and Wales on Tuesday, which they said was to ensure the use of live facial recognition technology is “legal and ethical.” Police said facial recognition…


Privacy Advocates Push for Government-Wide Facial Recognition Restrictions

After a recent successful campaign for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to dump its facial recognition program, privacy activists are now turning their attention to other agencies that use the technology. Reports last month of IRS requirements for taxpayers to upload selfies for an identity verification program run through ID.me prompted immediate backlash from public…


Capitol Report (Jan. 7): Olympians Speaking Out Over Conditions

The new German leader is here in Washington for the first time Monday. His talks with U.S. President Joe Biden are dominated by one topic. Biden’s national security adviser warned over the weekend that a Russian invasion of Ukraine may be imminent. Congressman Michael Guest, vice ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security, tells…


IRS Will Require Face Scans to Access Taxes Online

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will start requiring people to provide a photo of themselves to a third-party company to verify their identification before they can access their online accounts. This applies to people who created an online account to manage their tax records with the IRS. The login credentials will not work to gain…


Liberals’ Decision on Huawei Still Pending, While Reports Mount on Telecom Giant’s Alleged Spying Activities

News Analysis It’s been more than two months since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government will announce “in the coming weeks” its decision on whether to ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei from Canada’s 5G network. But as Ottawa drags its feet on a decision, reports on Huawei’s alleged espionage activities continue to mount. Margaret McCuaig-Johnston,…